Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Tuesday 5th April 2016

Weather;  Cloudy and breezy early becoming finer and less windy at lunchtime. Wind W F4-3

A rather quiet morning in the lighthouse area with just 5 Wheatears remaining in inland fields from yesterdays mass arrival and 2 or 3 Chiffchaffs around the duckpond.
White Wagtail in the paddocks.     EW
Ring Ouzel. Park Lane.   Steve Williams
The male Ring Ouzel in the Lingham paddocks remained all day, however, commuting between there and Kerr's field. So too the male Ring Ouzel off Park Lane which was joined by a second male. Both birds showed here, albeit distantly, for the remainder of the
Record shot of spring's first Redstart. Park Lane.   Tim Kinch
As is often the case here, there was a small arrival of migrants starting in the early afternoon. Another 7 Wheatears arrived along the embankment and into Lingham paddocks. 2 White Wagtails appeared in the paddocks and 8 Chiffchaffs and 10 Willow Warblers were also new-in ,mainly in the duck pond area.
Later in the afternoon our first Redstart  of the spring was discovered in a small field to the north of Park Lane opposite where the 2 Ring Ouzels are. This bird is a good week earlier than the usual first arrival.
Overhead movement consisted of 4 Swallows passing east and 3 Siskin north. Observers; KAD, DH, TK, CT, MGT, EW and many others

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